Fred (pictured) and Myrtle Flutey of Bluff were two of New Zealand's best-known collectors. In the 1960s the couple began accumulating colourful pāua shells, and ended up displaying 1,170 on the walls of their home. The collection became a national institution, and in one year attracted more than 25,000 visitors. After the Fluteys died in the early 2000s their house was purchased by their grandson, Ross Bowen, who – controversially – loaned the collection to the Canterbury Museum. The lounge, entrance and driveway were re-created in the museum and opened to the public in 2008.
Using this item
Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Photograph by Robin Morrison
Permission of the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira must be obtained before any re-use of this image.
Courtesy of the Estate of Robin Morrison